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The Rise and Fall of Kings in Korea

"The Rise and Fall of Kings in Korea"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 10  October 26, 2021 (Tue) - May 22, 2022 (Sun)

Headgear, With design in openwork, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

This gallery presents artifacts from Korea’s Three Kingdoms period (57 BC–668 AD), an era when powerful rulers vied for control of the Korean Peninsula. The three kingdoms were comprised of Goguryeo in the north, Baekje in the southwest, and Silla in the southeast. A fourth state, known as the Gaya confederacy, also existed in the south before being annexed by Silla.

Each region made full use of the materials of the time—namely, gold, silver, bronze, iron, glass, and jade—to create distinct ornaments and other objects including, armor, horse tack, clay tiles, and pottery.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Earrings Korea Three Kingdoms period (Gaya), 5th-6th century TJ-1139
Highlight Important Cultural Property Headgear, With design in openwork Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century Gift of the Ogura Foundation, TJ-5033